Internet & Tech Sep. 4, 2012

Social Media’s Influence on Politics

Campaign and policy-related material on social networking sites plays a modest role in influencing most users’ views and political activities. Democrats and liberals are the most likely to say the sites have impact and are important and the politically engaged stand out in their use of the sites

Media & News Aug. 15, 2012

Obama Outpaces Romney in Social Media, Web Campaign

Barack Obama holds a distinct advantage over Mitt Romney in the way his campaign is using digital technology to communicate directly with voters.

Pew Research Center Jul. 27, 2012

YouTube as a Major Platform for News Videos

Amy Mitchell, Deputy Director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, answers questions about PEJ’s report on the emergence of YouTube as a major platform for viewing news.

Media & News Jul. 16, 2012

A New Kind of News Emerges on YouTube

News is becoming a major part of what Americans watch on YouTube. In the last 15 months, a third of the most searched terms on the video sharing site were news related. A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism explores the character of news on YouTube—what kinds of stories people access, who produced them, who posted them and what it means for the future of visual journalism.

Internet & Tech May. 31, 2012

Twitter 2012: Big Increase in ’Typical Day’ Users

Overall adoption remains steady, but “typical day” usage continues to grow — 8% of online adults now use Twitter on a typical day. African-Americans, young adults, and mobile users stand out for their high rates of Twitter usage.

Internet & Tech May. 31, 2012

The Trend on Twitter: More Are Using it on a ’Typical Day’

While the overall number of adults with Twitter accounts remains steady, the proportion of online adults who say they use Twitter on a “typical day” has doubled since May 2011 and has quadrupled since late 2010.

Media & News May. 22, 2012

Facebook IPO Not Selling on Social Media

The Facebook IPO was a hot topic on blogs, Twitter and Facebook last week with doubts about the stock’s value exceeding bullishness on the investment.

Media & News Dec. 21, 2011

The Year in the News 2011

This year, the faltering U.S. economy was the No. 1 story in the American news media, but 2011 was also characterized by a jump of more than a third in coverage of international news.

Media & News Dec. 8, 2011

Twitter and the Campaign

The political conversation on Twitter is markedly different than that on blogs—and both are decidedly different than the political narrative presented by the mainstream press, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism that analyzed more than 20 million tweets, the online conversation and traditional news coverage about the campaign.

Internet & Tech Nov. 15, 2011

Why Americans Use Social Media

The top reason cited by adults for using social media is to maintain connections with family and friends. Social media users also say these platforms help connect them to old friends with whom they’ve lost touch.